Explore Poetry and Language with Free Online Multimedia Teacher Resource

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Poetry Everywhere Collection on Teachers' Domain -- a free web-based teaching tool of videos, background essays and lesson plans helps teachers and students explore the power of language and build reading and writing skills. Preview the collection at http://www.teachersdomain.org/exhibits/pe08-ex/index.html

I am thrilled to see the new Poetry Everywhere collection on Teachers' Domain. The videos offer students first-hand introductions to how poems are read and performed, and the discussion questions and lesson plans offer much-needed support for teachers, as well as lively writing prompts to inspire students to write poems of their own.

Poetry comes to life in the classroom with the Poetry Everywhere Collection, the latest addition to Teachers' Domain. This web-based teaching tool of videos, background essays and lesson plans helps teachers and students explore the power of language and build reading and writing skills. Drawn from the PBS Poetry Everywhere series and produced in partnership with the Poetry Foundation, the ten videos capture some of the seminal voices of poetry, past and present, from Walt Whitman and Emily Dickinson to Seamus Heaney, Marie Howe and Yusef Komunyakaa. Preview the collection at http://www.teachersdomain.org/exhibits/pe08-ex/index.html. Teachers' Domain is an online library of K-12 resources correlated to national and state classroom standards, and includes lesson plans, background essays and customizable features for introducing media resources into the classroom.

The Poetry Everywhere Collection contains videos of ten poems read by the poet, noted interpreters (actress Mary Louis Parker, playwright Tony Kushner, poet Robert Hass) or animated (Emily Dickinson). Two sample poetry lesson plans are available, and each selection includes a background essay, teaching tips and relevant NCTE standards.

The poets represented in this collection are:
Philip Levine
Seamus Heaney
Billy Collins
Kobayashi Issa
Yusef Komunyakaa
Marie Howe
Emily Dickinson
Mark Strand
Walt Whitman
Lucille Clifton

After reviewing the site, Eric Selinger, Associate Professor of English at DePaul University exclaimed, "I am thrilled to see the new Poetry Everywhere collection on Teachers' Domain. The videos offer students first-hand introductions to how poems are read and performed, and the discussion questions and lesson plans offer much-needed support for teachers, as well as lively writing prompts to inspire students to write poems of their own."

Suitable for use in or outside of the classroom, complete access to the collection and its resources is available after completing a free registration process. Register and learn more about Teachers' Domain collections at http://www.teachersdomain.org/.

Produced by WGBH Boston and David Grubin Productions, in association with the Poetry Foundation, Poetry Everywhere is designed to take a fresh look at poetry using a variety of production approaches. To read more from and about the poets featured on this site, please visit the Poetry Foundation at http://www.poetryfoundation.org.

About Teachers' Domain
The award-winning Teachers' Domain supports educators in their quest for materials and new media applications that go beyond static textbook presentation to engage students by providing media-rich resources infused with practical real world applications. Developed from high-quality, critically-acclaimed and trusted information sources such as the award-winning PBS science programs NOVA, ZOOM, and A Science Odyssey, the free Teachers' Domain collections currently include nearly 1,000 resources for students and teachers covering the sciences and history. Additionally, Teachers' Domain has developed online professional development courses that assist K-12 life and physical science teachers in effectively utilizing the collections, which are available by license to educational service agencies, districts, schools, and universities for delivery to the K-12 teachers they serve. For more information about Teachers' Domain, please visit http://www.teachersdomain.org.

About WGBH
WGBH Boston is America's preeminent public broadcasting producer, the source of nearly one-third of PBS's prime-time lineup as well as many public radio favorites. Its production menu is diverse, including Nova, Frontline, American Experience, Antiques Roadshow, Masterpiece Theatre, Arthur and ZOOM on PBS and The World and Sound & Spirit on public radio. WGBH-produced Web sites generate 25% of the traffic to pbs.org, the most-visited dot-org on the Internet. WGBH is a pioneer in educational multimedia and in technologies and services that make media accessible to the 36 million Americans who rely on captioning or video descriptions. WGBH has been recognized with hundreds of honors: Emmys, Peabodys, duPont-Columbia Awards...even two Oscars. In 2002, WGBH was honored with a special institutional Peabody Award for 50 years of excellence. For more information visit http://www.wgbh.org.

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